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Old 06-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Cleaning the DISA and ICV

I finally got my DISA valve repair kit from G.A.S. in today and on my bike ride home from school I didn't stop to get any kind of cleaner. I think I have some brake parts cleaner and denatured alcohol lying around would it be safe to use either one of those? Or should I just wait and get something else?
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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No on the brake cleaner, it's too strong and not good to use on plastic. Not sure on denatured alcohol

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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I figured as much with the brake cleaner but I'm not sure on the denatured alky either. I know there are a few plastics that it's harmless on but I don't want to take a chance since I don't know and a new DISA is $300+. What does everyone else here use? Do you think the denatured would be fine on the ICV since it's metal?
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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Should be okay on the icv, but you might see better results with throttle body cleaner. I think the pressurized spray from the can of tb cleaner is what helps the most to clean out the icv.

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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Get TB cleaner. It's like $3 a can.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
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TB, or carb cleaner.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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Ok thanks, I'll just hold out and pick some of that up then.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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Clwan your ICV as well once you're in the TB area with seafoam, it cleans very well and lubes it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #9
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Yeah I had to replace two coolant pipes under the intake manifold so everything is out right now and I'd like to get everything straightened out now so I don't have to do this again.
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